Team Blue Barracudas

Welcome! We are a team of four Master of Design candidates from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design.




Team Members


Shruti Aditya Chowdhury

I did my undergrad in Visual Communication design but I like to think of myself as a generalist problem solver rather than a specialist designer. I’ve worked in an small innovation lab and then joined a global user experience design consultancy where I did projects across domains across the globe. I’m interested in designing for development and designing at the intersection of cognitive psychology, behavioral economics and management studies.



Saumya Kharbanda

Before coming to CMU for the MDes program, I studied Communication Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. After graduating from there in 2013, I worked as a graphic designer with a brand consultancy/design studio for close to two years. My work involved design for print (mainly publications and packaging) as well for branding systems.



Kate McLean

I am a native Pittsburgher and a student in the Master of Design program at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Kenyon College in 2011 and still consider the field to be my passion. In addition to attending graduate school here, I am an employee of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.). I am a outfitting specialist and bike mechanic. When I’m not working or at school, I’m on one of my bikes. I love the outdoors and am passionate about getting people to unplug and get back outside.



Catherine Shen

I’m a designer and design strategist with experience in the social sector. Prior to CMU, I was working for social enterprises in international development, creating educational experiences enabled through technology. I’ve also worked in Kenya and Peru as a service design and development consultant and prior to that, in management consulting with Deloitte in SF. I have a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. I’m interested in design for public service and social change.


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